The Holiday Warriors
This Thursday morning, I'll wake up at 5:30 a.m. to the sound of my alarm and take a bleary-eyed trip into the bathroom. I'll brush my teeth and wash my face and get ready to go to work at the hospital the same way I've done every shift for the past three and a half years. What makes this day so different, however, is that while you'll be prepping the oven for your afternoon roast, my hospital colleagues and I will be giving thanks within the walls of a surgical intensive care unit. We exist in a world where we cannot help but feel thankful, for we are not the ones confined to the bed or strapped to a ventilator or tethered to an artificial heart or kidney or lung. We work in a place where tube feeds replace turkey; where sepsis trumps stuffing; where we battle broken hearts and downtrodden spirits instead of afternoon naps and football snaps. We are the holiday warriors. The "tis-the-season" team. My fellow nurses -- along with the nursing assistants, respiratory therapists, physical and occupational therapists, physicians, advanced practice providers and others -- we are the Pilgrims of a brave new world. We are the holiday elves that push to place our patients on the good list - one that allows them to survive another wintry night and see another day. We are the whimsy workers in a winter wonderland that literally chill our patients with the intention of preserving their brains after cardiac arrest. We are the Turkey-Day brigade who places and manages balloon p...
BACK pain could be prevented by watching your diet, or by changing your sleep position. You could also slash your risk of lower back pain symptoms by eating more of this “top superfood” fruit.
Every year, hundreds of thousands of children get concussions. They get them from falls, from playing sports, from being hit by objects, from bumping into things. What many people don’t realize is that it doesn’t necessarily take a big impact to get a concussion. One of my daughters got a concussion from bumping into a low-hanging tree branch — and another got one from being elbowed in the head during a swim team practice. Concussions happen when there is not only impact, but also movement, like jerking back and forth. That’s why helmets such as bike or football helmets don’t necessarily preve...
This study is especially thought-provoking, given that more and more people are taking medications with depression or suicidal thoughts as possible side effects. The CDC just released updated data showing a troubling recent rise in suicide rates, and that 54% of those who die from suicide do not have a known mental health disorder, so this is an important public health issue. That said, it is important to note: in this study, people who used these medications were more likely to be widowed and have chronic health problems, both of which are associated with a higher risk of depression. And many (but not all) of these medica...
BACK pain could be prevented by watching your diet, or by changing your sleep position. Patients could also lower their risk of lower back pain symptoms by eating more of this dessert treat.
Conclusion: We conclude that TENS might not replace the conventional analgesics but has definite adjuvant role in decreasing pain scores and improves sense of well-being during chest tube removal after cardiac surgery.
Sleep disorders, chronic pain, and fatigue have been long-standing torments in most patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). In this review, we attempted to explore whether these nontraditional cardiovascular risk factors are associated with increased mortality in patients with CKD.
Isn't that a good question? I think it's to relieve the guilt on the part of the visitor, not anything for the patient. My last post was Wednesday. Thursday, both of his daughter, son, his wife and 3 of 4 kids came to visit. My sister, her hubby, my brother, his wive and 2 kids came. It was a complete total zoo.....and NOT what he needed that day.But I can't deny them. I can't tell them this is not a good time. So I let groups of 4 in at a time. UGH!His son, the PharmD - the guy who has a doctorate in pharmacology, acted like I didn't exist. Seriously! He told his dad that ...
This study aimed to investigate the effect of nicotine dependence on QOL and sleep quality in lung cancer patients who continue to smoke after diagnosis. Methods: This cross-sectional survey study included 202 patients with lung cancer. Smokers were separated into two groups based on the Fagerstrom Test for Nicotine dependence: the low dependence (LD) (
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BACK pain could be prevented by changing your diet or by swapping your sleep position. But you could also lower your risk of lower back pain symptoms by eating this herb everyday.
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